Dooley out as head coach; official release and comments
As Neyland Stadium emptied out and Tennessee players tried to digest last Saturday’s dismal loss to Florida, the mood was starkly different in Akron, Ohio.
After the team’s pre-practice stretching session on Tuesday, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley huddled his troops and gave an impassioned speech.
During its 2-0 start to the season, No. 23 Tennessee made a habit of scoring points in a flash. Against No. 18 Florida on Saturday night, its fortunes changed just as quickly.
The University of Tennessee announced today that the No. 45 jersey of Johnny Majors will be retired before the Tennessee-Florida game on Saturday evening based on his accomplishments as a player. Majors’ No. 45 is the eighth jersey all-time to be honored by the Vols.
ESPN’s college football world has converged on Knoxville and the University of Tennessee this weekend, and a Friday of interviews and activity set the stage for a Saturday on the Hill.
UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the Volunteers’ game against the University of Florida. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., with gates opening at 4:00 p.m. ESPN will televise the game.
Follow @UTGameday on Twitter for the latest updates on traffic, weather, gate information, and game day events such as the Vol Walk and band march. For a comprehensive list of all gameday information, please visit utsports.com/gameday.
Saturday’s game is sold out. However, season tickets are available at uttix.com. Please be cognizant about purchasing counterfeit tickets, as all counterfeit tickets will be confiscated at the stadium gates and the patron(s) denied admission.
ESPN College GameDay
ESPN will broadcast its live ESPN College GameDay program in Circle Park, outside Neyland Stadium, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Fans will be admitted to a viewing area near the show stage no earlier than 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Only fans with permits can park on the UT campus.
The following items are prohibited before and during the show:
Throwing items is also prohibited during the live telecast.
All items, including purses, are subject to search at the gates. Bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches cannot be brought into the stadium, and items larger than this standard size, as well as other prohibited items, cannot be stored at any stadium gate.
UT reminds visitors that sportsmanlike behavior is expected throughout the day, and entering the field before, during, or after the game is prohibited. Anyone who attempts to do so will be arrested and face university sanctions as well.
Under state law, smoking is prohibited in Neyland Stadium at all times. Fans cannot leave the stadium and be readmitted. Commercial solicitation in front of Neyland Stadium from Middle Way Drive to Gate 10 is prohibited starting four hours before kickoff and continuing until the game is over.
UT reserves the right to examine the contents of any container brought into the stadium. To protect the safety of our fans, players, officials, and staff, the following items are prohibited. Please do not attempt to bring these or similar articles in the stadium. Items will not be stored at the gate and/or stadium and cannot be retrieved after the game.
The following items are permitted inside Neyland Stadium:
Parking and Traffic
Since on-campus parking is limited to fans with permits, UT encourages the use of shuttle buses to campus. Shuttles travel from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum and the Market Square area of downtown Knoxville, and Farragut High School in west Knoxville.
Limited public accessible parking spaces and fully accessible shuttle buses to the stadium are available on the UT Agriculture Campus off Neyland Drive.
Due to campus construction, fans are encouraged to arrive early. For complete information on game day parking, stadium regulations and activities, visit utsports.com/gameday.
Game Day Activities
The annual Tim Kerin Memorial Food Drive will be held outside Neyland Stadium to benefit Knoxville’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Collection centers for financial donations will be set up around the stadium prior to the game. Fans are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to a Second Harvest drop-off point near the Communications Building. Kerin, the long-time head trainer at Tennessee, died suddenly in 1992. The food drive has been held in his honor ever since.
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 3:45 p.m. on Volunteer Boulevard near Circle Park, as the members of the football team proceed down Volunteer Boulevard and then continue down Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium.
The Pride of the Southland Marching Band will begin marching at 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of Pat Head Summitt Street and Volunteer Boulevard and will then follow the same path as the Vol Walk. This Saturday, the marching band will be joined by a sixty-five-member bagpipe band.
Because of the potential for large crowds at both the Vol Walk and the band march, fans are encourage to consider entering the stadium when gates open at 4:00 p.m. and view the band march from the ramp areas on the west side of the stadium.
The Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, offering festivities for fans of all ages.
Fans also can attend the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Showcase. Held two hours before each home game kickoff in the University Center Ballroom, the showcase is a free thirty-minute presentation by a UT faculty member. This week, at 4:00 p.m., Hap McSween, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will discuss Exploring Asteroids with the Dawn Spacecraft.
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The Vols will be trying to end a long losing streak against the Gators when the teams meet Saturday in Knoxville.
One of them will have to lose. Will it be Tennessee or Florida?